“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into”

Jonathan Swift
"The Democrats have moved to the right, and the right has moved into a mental hospital." - Bill Maher
"The city is crowded my friends are away and I'm on my own
It's too hot to handle so I gotta get up and go

It's a cruel ... cruel summer"

Friday, October 24, 2008

Another Banishment Letter to the Editor

I don’t normally read the Amarillo Globe-News anymore, which obviously means I abnormally read it, so the following letter caught my eye, though it didn’t quite drag it out of its socket:

Letters to the Editor, Monday October 20, 2008

(Re: Susan Estrich’s column, Oct. 11)
Why does the Globe-News carry
her opinion, inasmuch as she always votes Democratic every four years?
I would hope she is more “democratic” than that.

The Globe-News is quite fond of reminding us that many of its readers find non-Republican opinion objectionable, and think it odious to have it printed in the first place. There have been many fine letters demanding that liberal columnists, such as Ivins and Pitts, be banned. Censorship would appear to be a popular sentiment around these here parts.

How often may a columnist vote Democratic to be acceptable? Once every eight years? Twelve? Twenty? One-hundred?

Tiernagel hopes Estrich will be “more ‘democratic’” and vote Republican. As we pause very briefly to “ha, ha” let us recall that there have been a multitude of liberal bashers from Tiernagel’s political camp who have belabored the point that we do not live in a democracy but in a republic, making “voting democratic”, “democratic process” and “democratic freedom” in this country a logical fallacy. If it were up to Republicans like Tiernagel it would be a real impossibility. "Ha . . . ha."